The Ministry of Railways has advised the passengers travelling on the train on a short notice to use the facility of Current Reservation Counter situated at the train originating main stations. The Ministry has pointed out that vacant reserved seats available on train after preparation of reservation charts can be booked at the Current Counters of the train originating stations upto a specified time before departure of trains.
The Railways wishes to create further awareness among the passengers about this facility as due to lack of adequate awareness, it is misused by unscrupulous elements/intermediaries for providing confirmed accommodation to passengers at a premium by using the current counter facility.
It may be mentioned that a reserved ticket can be booked across the Passenger Reservation System counters all over the country as well as through internet only upto the time of preparation of reservation charts. After preparation of reservation charts, the berths/seats available, if any, can be booked at the current counter available at the major stations. The reservation charts are normally prepared 3 to 4 hours before he scheduled departure of the train. In case of trains leaving early morning, the charts are prepared on the previous night.